The wife of the chairman of Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State, Mrs. Rachael Adepitan, has called on stakeholders in the culture sector to use the arts as a vehicle for social transformation.
Adepitan, who was recently the special guest of the Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners, Mushin chapter, believes the arts can serve as a potent tool for positive changes in the society.
Expressing her gratitude to members of the association for appointing her as patron, she noted that the culture of a people plays a significant role in shaping the moral values of the society.
She said, “Drama can be used as a tool to effectively educate the people and to discourage the youth from embracing violence and crime.
“I believe that it can be deployed in the fight against social ills, such as the get-rich-quick syndrome. I suggest plays that focus on the promotion of ethical values should be produced, staged, aired or published for public consumption.”
Noting that the role of the entertainment industry in the overall development of Nigeria could not be overemphasised, Adepitan appealed to members of the association to use their God – given talents to create employment for millions of jobless youth roaming the streets.
She said that indigenous Nigerian languages would be useful in event of a nationwide campaign for social change.
“I am a school teacher and I teach Yoruba language. Some things are better explained in native dialects for better delivery and understanding. This means that you can use languages to reform the society,” she said.
A new drama project, entitled, ‘Adepitan’- depicting a typical child destined for greatness, despite facing many challenges -was unveiled at the occasion.
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